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In conjunction with the exhibition Japan's Modern Divide: The Photographs of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto, the Getty presents a film series reflecting the Shōwa Era (1926–89) of Japan. The films chosen cover World War II, focusing on the magnificent city of Tokyo. It is a metropolis that, before the war, was in transition, and, after, became a city that rebuilt itself like no other in modern history.

This film series is intended for teen and adult audiences.


Tokyo Drifter
Saturday, April 27, 2013
4:00 p.m.

Directed by Seijun Suzuki
(1966, 89 minutes, English subtitles, 35mm)

Swinging 60s in Tokyo: men don fitted suits with skinny ties, and women sport black turtlenecks. Director Seijin Suzuki created the modern yakuza (mafia) film. This is one of his best.

Co-presented by the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles


Street of Shame
Saturday, April 27, 2013
7:00 p.m.

Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi
(1956, 87 minutes, English subtitles, 35mm)

Considered one of the greatest of Japanese directors, Kenji Mizoguchi was mostly concerned with the difficult plight of women in Japan. In this, his last film, Mizoguchi tells the stories of five prostitutes working in Dreamland, a Tokyo brothel.

She and He
Sunday, April 28, 2013
3:00 p.m.

Directed by Susumu Hani
(1963, 110 minutes, English subtitles, 35mm)

Director Susumu Hani was a central figure in the Japanese New Wave of the late 50s and early 60s. "She" is a young, modern woman living in a new apartment complex. "He," a slum living just next door, is the man to whom she is drawn. Hani presents a biting review of postwar class consciousness and rigid social hierarchy.

Co-presented by the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

The following films were screened in part one of this series:


Mr. Thank You
Saturday, April 20, 2013
4:00 p.m.

Directed by Hiroshi Shimizu
(1936, 78 minutes, English subtitles, DVD)

This film is set almost entirely on a bus ride from the rural countryside to the outskirts of Tokyo. Although not well known in the United States, Shimizu has often been called Japan's Jean Renoir.

Drunken Angel
Saturday, April 20, 2013
7:00 p.m.

Directed by Akira Kurosawa
(1948, 102 minutes, English subtitles, 35mm)

The young Akira Kurosawa's early film takes place in war-weary, heat-soaked, and tuberculosis-striken Tokyo. Featuring the debut of the dashing Toshiro Mifune in a Japanese gangster noir.

Tokyo Story
Sunday, April 21, 2013
3:00 p.m.

Directed by Yasujiro Ozu
(1953, 136 minutes, English subtitles, 35mm)

On many top-10 film lists, this story is deceptively spartan: an elderly couple from a rural town travel to Tokyo to see their grown children. A simple, unsentimental tale that is universal in scope.


Special thanks to the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles for their support of the series.

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